Lyrics:Maybelle Watson ,George A. Norton Music:Ernie Burnett
The song was publishe 1912.
The original title for “My Melancholy Baby” was “Melancholy.” It was copyrighted in 1911 with music by Ernie Burnett and lyrics by Maybelle Watson, Burnett’s wife. Burnett sold the piece to Theron C. Bennett, music publishers who liked the song but not the lyrics. George A. Norton, a composer and lyricist, wrote new lyrics, and the song was published in 1912 with a dedication to “Miss Maybelle Watson of Berkeley, California.” That same year, the copyright was transferred to Joe Morris Music using the title “My Melancholy Baby.” During the 1930s, Miss Watson’s name found its way onto the music as co-lyricist, but the ASCAP website now lists only Burnett and Norton.
Come sweetheart mine; don't sit and pine Tell me of the cares that make you feel so blue What have I done answer me, hon' Have I ever said an unkind word to you My love is true and just for you I'd do almost anything at anytime Dear, when you sigh or when you cry Something seems to grip this very heart of mine
Come to me, my melancholy baby Cuddle up and don't be blue . . . All your fears are foolish fancies, maybe You know, dear that I'm in love with you!
Every cloud must have a silver lining Wait until the sun shines through Smile, my honey dear, while I kiss away each tear Or else I shall be melancholy too!